Liverpool weekend round-up: Aspas's Swansea snub; Rodgers puts Suarez in his place

Iago Aspas Celta Vigo

All the news, views and transfer rumours from Anfield this weekend…

The transfer window may have closed, but that has not stopped the news and the speculation. Each morning we bring you the latest Liverpool news, and you can read our Saturday report here and our Sunday report here.

Results at the weekend saw Liverpool drop from first to third in the Premier League, but a win tomorrow evening against Swansea will see Brendan Rodgers’ side reclaim top spot.

In early team news, Daniel Sturridge should be fit having recovered from the injury that kept him out of the Word Cup qualifiers. There could also be debuts for Mamadou Sakho and Victor Moses.

Swansea has almost a full squad to choose from, with Neil Taylor the only player who will definitely be unavailable.

Rodgers has been speaking about Sakho in light of the defender’s £18million transfer fee.

It doesn’t matter one iota,” the manager said. “It is not me that puts the price on them.

You judge the player on what he is giving you every single day.”

Rodgers certainly has a decision to make, after Martin Skrtel and Daniel Agger performed so well during the 1-0 win over Manchester United prior to the international break.

He will also soon have to decide how to fit Luis Suarez into his side. And speaking to the Sunday Mirror he has revealed that there is no “main man” when it comes to the striking role.

Neither Luis or Daniel will be the main man,” he said. “This isn’t the type of club for egos. It’s a club where players get told where to play.”

It is an admirable ethos, and one that could ultimately see the Reds triumph under a manager who impresses more by the week.

And finally, Michael Laudrup has revealed that Iago Aspas could have been pulling on a different shirt tomorrow evening.

Revealing that the former Celta Vigo man was high on his wanted list this summer, the Swansea manager told the South Wales Evening Post, “Liverpool is a huge club, so I can’t really blame him.

Did we agree a fee for him? He has gone to Liverpool, so let’s just leave it at that.”

In the same interview, Laudrup also revealed that had he signed Aspas, the Swans could not have afforded to bring Wilfried Bony to the Liberty Stadium. But as it was, Liverpool got their man, and he has impressed with both his energy and his ambition in the opening weeks of the season.

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